17 December 2015

Road trip from Canberra: Horse Head Rock

| Lisa Martin
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If you’re looking for a day or even overnight trip, then why not head down to see Horse Head Rock near Bermagui.

I stumbled across the existence of Horse Head Rock on Instagram – finding some beautiful photos taken at sunrise by a local photographer.

With Bermagui only a three hour drive from Canberra, I decided to make the trip.

I decided to do a big loop, deciding to drive to Bermagui via Cooma. It took a bit over three hours this way to reach Bermagui – coming through Nimmitabel and then coming out near Bega. Watch out for the roadkills on the road between Cooma and the coast – there was lots of kangaroos that had unfortunately been hit all over the road.

The drive is easy enough and there’s not many winding sections.

My target was to find Camel Rock Beach and then I knew Horse Head Rock was nearby.

Camel Rock Beach is pretty much in the middle of Bermagui and Wallaga Lake. Heading north from Bermagui, it’s on your right and there is a sign 200 metres before the turn off. It’s also just after a caravan park. Then it’s a short dirt track to a carpark, with a toilet and picnic table nearby.

Camel Rock Beach is a beautiful beach and it was just me and a couple of fisherman. You have great views of the rocky outcrops here and then the town of Bermagui to your right.


Camel Rock is hard to miss on the left of the beach.


From there, it’s a tough scramble over very sharp and barnacled rocks to get to Horse Head Rock. Don’t wear thongs like I did, enclosed shoes will make the scramble a lot easier and you won’t have sore feet after.


It’s also a good idea to check the tide times as a high tide will make it difficult to get back to Camel Rock Beach.

It’s about a 10 minute walk/rock scramble to get to Horse Head Rock – which you won’t recognise until you get to the other side of it. It’s a very pretty spot and worth the effort.


From Horse Head Rock, it’s a three hour drive back to Canberra via Bateman’s Bay and Braidwood. But there’s plenty of beautiful spots along the way such as Wallaga Lake, Narooma and Bateman’s Bay.

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I’d never gone further south than Bateman’s Bay before, so it was nice to stop at the brilliant blue water of Narooma for a rest stop and some photos before making my way back to Canberra.

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